In 1946, George Orwell articulated the reasons why he put pen to paper in an essay entitled Why I Write.
In this Web series, authors talk about their literary habits and reading preferences,
and examine Orwell's question that lies at the heart of being an author—why they write.


Why I Write is a collection of author interviews inspired by George Orwell’s 1946 essay of the same name and The Paris Review’s “Writers at Work” series (1953 – present), which brings readers inside the physical space of the writer’s working domain.


I started Why I Write when working in Shanghai as a magazine editor as a series for authors writing about China, but have since widened its scope to embrace authors in all genres.


This site is strictly not-for-profit and the interviews serve solely to illuminate the writing craft.